Verdict: Action-thriller Kaappaan, with Suriya in the titular role, keeps you hooked till the end.

Directed by K. V. Anand, Kaappaan is an action-thriller starring Suriya in the lead role and Mohanlal, Arya, Sayyeshaa, Samuthirakani, Chirag Jani and Boman Irani in pivotal roles. The film has been produced by Allirajah Subaskaran‘s Lyca Productions and it features many famous technicians including Harris Jayaraj, M. S. Prabhu and Anthony who have handled music, cinematography, and editing respectively.

What’s Kaappaan About:

The Prime Minister of India Chandrakanth Varma’s (Mohanlal) life is under threat for undisclosed reasons. It is believed that the Pakistan terrorists are behind the attacks against him. After being saved from a life-threatening attack, the PM is impressed by an undercover agent who is also a Special Protection Officer, Kathir (Suriya) and appoints him as his personal SPG. Kathir is also an organic farmer and is closely connected to his roots. He works together with Joseph (Samuthirakani) to protect the PM at any cost and they are supported by Anjali (Sayyeshaa), the PM’s secretary. Mr. Varma’s only son Abhishek Varma (Arya), a fun-loving youngster, and a multi-million business tycoon Mahadev (Boman Irani) are also a part of the PM’s posse. The PM’s security gets breached numerous times and it deduced that the culprits are indeed within the country itself. Who is trying to kill the Prime Minister and what is the motive behind it? Will Kathir be able to crack this question and at what cost?

What Works:

Suriya is extremely stylish and delivers an impeccable performance. Mohanlal, though he has a very short stint in the movie, is phenomenal. Arya may not be very prominent but he does justice to his character. Sayyeshaa looks fabulous and fits well in a somewhat meaty character. Chirag Jani shines in his role. The action sequences choreographed by Dileep Subbarayan and Peter Hein are top-notch and keep you hooked. M. S. Prabhu’s wide angles and shots make the watch more enjoyable. The background score by Harris Jayaraj is quite effective and gels well with the track of the movie. K. V. Anand, as always, has delivered an action thriller that will keep you at the edge of your seats for the most part. The film also provides a good message to the public.

What Could’ve Been Better:

Though the film is enjoyable, the script seems weak. Fewer subplots and storylines and more focus on the main story would’ve worked in the film’s favor. Also, the plot is predictable after a point. Though Boman Irani struggled with the language, we definitely want to see more of this talented actor in Tamil cinema. There are a few logical loopholes in the script. For instance, from the Prime Minister’s staff to the Pak terrorists to even Kashmiri girls – everyone is seen talking only in Tamil. The transition of scenes – like from a terror attack to a high energy song, a serious conversation to a romantic scene – could have been done more smoothly.

Why You Should Watch:

Suriya is in total form and Kaappaan is an enjoyable watch for not just his fans, but also for the lovers of action movies as well. It is entertainment for the entire family, as there are hardly any derogatory statements or scenes. It’s a clean, out-and-out entertainer and shouldn’t be missed in the cinema halls.